Commissions

Principal Commissions of the General Synod

Clergy Discipline Commission
Crown Nominations Commission
Dioceses Commission
Faith and Order Commission
Fees Advisory Commission
Legal Advisory Commission
Legal Aid Commission
Liturgical Commission


Clergy Discipline Commission
The Clergy Discipline Commission is constituted under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. Under that Measure the Commission is required to give general advice to disciplinary tribunals, the courts of the Vicars-General, bishops and archbishops as to the penalties which are appropriate in particular circumstances; issue codes of practice and general policy guidance to persons exercising functions in connection with clergy discipline; and make annually to the General Synod through the House of Bishops a report on the exercise of its functions during the previous year.

Under the 2003 Measure the Commission is also required to compile and maintain 'provincial panels' of persons available for appointment as members of a disciplinary tribunal or a Vicar-General's Court for the purposes of dealing with cases under it and to formulate guidance for the purposes of the 2003 Measure generally and to promulgate it in a Code of Practice approved by the Dean of the Arches and the General Synod.

The Commission monitors the exercise of discipline and highlights and encourages best practice.

Chair and President of Tribunals Sir Andrew McFarlane (Rt Hon Lord Justice McFarlane)

Deputy Chair and Deputy President of Tribunals Sir Mark Hedley

Members
The Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester

The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln

The Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs

The Revd Canon Celia Thomson

Dr Anna Thomas-Betts MBE

Mr David Mills MBE

The Revd Canon Moira Astin

Mr Martin Follett

Dr Jamie Harrison

The Ven. Jane Sinclair, Archdeacon of Stow & Lindsey


Secretary Sion Hughes Carew

Legal Office, Church House, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3AZ
020 7898 1371

 

Crown Nominations Commission
The Commission ( then called the Crown Appointments Commission) was established by the General Synod in February 1977. Its function is to consider vacancies in diocesan bishoprics in the Provinces of Canterbury and York, and candidates for appointments to them. At each meeting the Chair is taken by the Archbishop in whose Province the vacancy has arisen. Following the Government Green paper "The Governance of Britain" (2007) the Commission identifies two candidates suitable for appointment. Their names are submitted to the Prime Minister by the appropriate Archbishop or, in the case of the Archbishopric of Canterbury or York, by the chair of the Commission. The names submitted are given in an order of preference decided upon by the Commission and the Prime Minister will submit the first name to Her Majesty the Queen for approval.

Members

Ex officio
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury)
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu (Archbishop of York)

Elected Members
Three members of the House of Clergy
The Revd John Dunnett
The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby
The Very Revd Andrew Nunn

Three members of the House of Laity
Mr Aiden Hargreaves-Smith
Mrs April Alexander
Ms Jane Patterson

Six members of the Vacancy-in-See Committee of the diocese whose bishopric is to become, or has become, vacant

Ex officio non-voting members
Paul Britton (The Prime Minister's Appointments Secretary)
Caroline Boddington (Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments)
Office The Wash House, Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU
020 7898 1876/7

 

Dioceses Commission
A Dioceses Commission was set up in 1978 under the Dioceses Measure 1978. In 2008 it was replaced by a new body of the same name, established under the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007. Part II of that Measure makes provision for such matters as the reorganization of diocesan boundaries, the creation and revival of suffragan sees, and the delegation of episcopal functions by diocesan bishops to suffragan and assistant bishops.

More information about the duties of the Commission, its membership and the current programme of work may be found from the link on the right of this page or by clicking here.

 

The Faith and Order Commission
The Faith and Order Commission of the General Synod came into being in 2010 and replaced the Faith and Order Advisory Group and the Doctrine Commission.

The former House of Bishops Theological Group became an Episcopal Reference Group within the Commission.

The Commission (FAOC) has fifteen members and an episcopal chair (currently the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr John Hind).

FAOC advises the House of Bishops, the General Synod and the Council for Christian Unity on ecclesiological and ecumenical matters and acts as a theological resource for the Church of England as a whole.

FAOC published its report The Journey of Christian Initiation in 2011 and is currently working on the theology of church leadership. Follow the link on the right for a preview.

Secretary: Dr Martin Davie from whom further details can be obtained.
Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
tel 020 7898 1488

For more detailed information please click on the link below

Faith and Order Commission


 

Fees Advisory Commission
The Fees Advisory Commission is constituted under Part II of the Ecclesiastical Fees Measure 1986, as amended by the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2000 and the Ecclesiastical Fees (Amendment) Measure 2011. It makes recommendations as to certain fees to be paid to ecclesiastical judges, legal officers and others, and embodies those recommendations in Orders which are laid before the General Synod for approval. If approved, the Orders take effect unless annulled by either House of Parliament, and are published as Statutory Instruments.

Subject to alteration following the General Synod elections in 2010, membership is as follows:

Chair Mr John Alpass

Members
The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester
Mr Timothy Walker
Canon Elizabeth Renshaw
Mr Howard Dellar
Mr Geoffrey Tattersall QC
The Revd Canon John Rees
The Revd Canon Joyce Jones (Wakefield)
Mrs Madelaine Goddard (Derby)

Secretary Sion Hughes Carew

Legal Office, Church House, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3AZ
020 7898 1371

 

Legal Advisory Commission
The Legal Advisory Commission gives advice on legal matters of general interest to the Church which are referred to it by the Archbishops' Council and its Divisions, Boards, Councils and Commissions, by the General Synod and its Houses and Commissions, by the Church Commissioners and the Church of England Pensions Board, and by diocesan clerical and lay office holders. The Commission cannot accept requests for advice from private individuals or secular bodies. In addition, the Commission cannot normally give opinions on contentious matters, but it may be able to do so (depending on the circumstances) if the facts are agreed by all parties to the dispute, all parties join in referring the matter to the Commission for an opinion and it is not (and is not expected to become) the subject-matter of proceedings in the courts.

The opinions of the Commission and its predecessor, the Legal Board, on matters of general interest are published by Church House Publishing in a loose-leaf form under the title Legal Opinions Concerning the Church of England. Copies can be obtained from Christian bookshops, including Church House Bookshop. A new edition was published in 2007.

Chair Chancellor Rupert Bursell
Vice-Chair The Revd Canon John Rees

Members
Mr Peter Beesley
Chancellor Timothy Briden
Dr Sheila Cameron QC
Chancellor Peter Collier QC
Chancellor Charles George QC
Sir Anthony Hammond QC
The Ven Christine Hardman
Chancellor Mark Hedley
Mr Robert Higham
The Rt Revd Christopher Hill (Bishop of Guildford)
Chancellor Mark Hill
The Revd Canon Gavin Krik
Mr Lionel Lennox
Professor David McClean QC
Ms Jane Monks
Sir John Mummery
Chancellor Charles Mynors
Mr Ted Nugee QC
Ms Francesca Quint
Chancellor Nigel Seed QC
Mr Stephen Slack
The Revd Mark Steadman

Secretary The Revd Alexander McGregor
Legal Office, Church House, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3AZ
020 7898 1722
Fax: 020 7898 1718/1721

There is a useful page containing legal opinions and other guidance.

 

Legal Aid Commission
The Legal Aid Commission operates under the Church of England (Legal Aid) Measure 1994, and administers the Legal Aid Fund which was originally set up under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 and is continued by the 1994 Measure.

Legal aid under the 1994 Measure may be granted, subject to various conditions, for certain types of proceedings before Ecclesiastical Courts and tribunals; details of eligibility for legal aid and the Commission's procedures, together with an application form for legal aid, are obtainable from the Secretary, on request.


Chair
His Honour Judge Andrew Rutherford

Members
The Ven Christine Allsopp (Peterborough) - Archdeacon of Northampton
The Revd Paul Benfield* (Blackburn)
The Revd Geoffrey Harbord* (Sheffield)
The Ven Clive Mansell* (Rochester) - Archdeacon of Tonbridge
Mrs Isabel Adcock* (Chelmsford)
Mrs Rosaline Brewer* (York)
Mrs Jennifer Dunlop* (Chester)
Mr Aiden Hargreaves-Smith* (London)
The Revd Canon Joyce Jones* (Wakefield)
The Rt Revd Alistair Magowan, Bishop of Ludlow

*member of the General Synod

Secretary Stephen York
Legal Office, Church House, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3AZ
020 7898 1703
Fax: 020 7898 1718/1721

There is a page with information on Legal Aid with an application form.

Liturgical Commission
In response to resolutions by the Convocations in October 1954, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York appointed a standing Liturgical Commission 'to consider questions of a liturgical character submitted to them from time to time by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and to report thereon to the Archbishops'. In 1971 the Commission became a permanent Commission of the General Synod. Its functions are:

 

  1. to prepare forms of service at the request of the House of Bishops for submission to that House in the first instance;
  2. to advise on the experimental use of forms of service and the development of liturgy;
  3. to exchange information and advice on liturgical matters with other Churches both in the Anglican Communion and elsewhere;
  4. to promote the development and understanding of liturgy and its use in the Church.


The Liturgical Commission's work is staffed from Church House by the Revd Christopher Woods and Ms Sue Moore. The Commission's own website is Transforming Worship. All of the Common Worship texts and the Book of Common Prayer can be found under the Prayer and Worship webpages, which you can access by clicking here.

Chair

The Bishop of Wakefield

Vice Chair

The Bishop of Sodor and Man

Members

The Revd Dr Timothy Stratford (Diocese of Liverpool)
The Revd Philip North, (Diocese of London)
Mrs Sarah Finch (Diocese of London),
The Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett (Southwark)
The Revd Dr Anders Bergquist
The Revd Canon Dr Anne Dawtry
The Revd Paul Thomas
The Revd Gary Waddington
The Revd Tim Lomax
The Revd Dr Simon Jones
The Revd Canon Christopher Irvine
Dr Bridget Nichols
The Revd Mark Earey
Canon Christine McMullen

Co-opted members

The Revd Canon Perran Gay
The Revd Canon Andrew Nunn (Synod Chaplain)
The Revd Dr Jo Spreadbury (Chair of Praxis)

Secretary of Liturgical Commission The Revd Christopher Woods